How to Make Cardboard Scenery

Cardboard scenery can be easily made from recycled boxes and tissue tubes. Children will enjoy creating their very own cardboard city to complement a train set or dollhouse. Young children can help an adult make the scenery by colouring construction paper that will be glued to the cardboard. Older children can use their painting skills to paint leaves and bark on cardboard trees and by putting windows, doors and roofs on cardboard stores, libraries and post office buildings.

Cover an empty toilet paper or paper towel tube with brown construction paper for a tree trunk. Draw a cloud-shape on the cardstock and paint or colour it shades of green for the tree leaf canopy. Cut the leaf canopy out and glue it to the tree trunk.

Reinforce the edges of the cereal and shoeboxes with the masking tape. Cut off the backs of the cereal boxes for easy access. Paint or glue construction paper to the boxes. Draw on windows and doors and cut them out with the scissors. Make roofs by painting or colouring the cardstock, folding it in half and gluing it to the tops of the boxes. Use tissue tube sections for chimneys, gluing them to the roofs.

Create flower boxes for the buildings with the construction paper, by cutting the cardstock into short strips and bending it into a three-sided rectangular tube. Use the flower punches to punch out different coloured flowers from the construction paper and glue them to the flower boxes.

Add additional details to the buildings like bricks and signs with the sponges, paint, crayons and cardstock.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard shoe and cereal boxes
  • Toilet paper and paper towel tubes
  • Cardstock paper
  • Construction paper
  • Paint
  • Crayons
  • Flower punches
  • Small sponges
  • Masking tape
  • White glue
  • Scissors
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Linda Shepard has been staff writer for "C & G Newspapers" for over 10 years, covering local government and crime and serving as the newspaper's food writer. She has written for "Michigan Meetings Magazine" and is also the owner of, an online business of self-guided walking tours.